Budapest Wine Festival
September 6 - September 9
Location: Buda Castle terraces
The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and this year the best of Chilean wines and gastronomy.
This is one of our most favourite festivals in Hungary which we try to visit each year.
Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest:
- fine food – there’s a gastro promenade offering quality streetfood and culinary specialties,
- cultural programs,
- children activities.
Overall a wonderful atmopshere within a historical setting!Quick Links: Opening Hours – Getting There – Tickets – Main Programs – Gastronomy – Concerts & Other Programs on the Main Stage – For Children – Wine Couples – Wine University
During the Festival You Can
- learn about the history of local wines and wine growing,
- meet renowned wine makers,
- listen to folk music and concerts,
- taste gastronomy delicacies
- enjoy the scenic view from the terraces of Buda Castle
- taste delightful wines,
- meet and or make friends.
Every wine maker in Hungary that counts will be present so don’t hesitate to go up to the castle and explore the taste of Hungary stands.
Wines in Buda Castle
Besides local wines – around 200 wineries from all parts of Hungary – , several foreign wine distributors exhibit their products as well.
The festival consists of several events that take place at different venues during the second week in September.
- Sept 06 – 07. (Thurs – Fri): 14.00 – 24.00
- Sept 08. (Sat): 12.00 – 24.00
- Sept 09. (Sun): 12.00 – 22.00
Cashiers close at 1 hour before closing time!
For further information check the organizer’s website.
Terraces of the Royal Palace in Buda
- by bus No. 16 from Pest (Deák Ferenc stop, M1, M2 M3 metros)
- by buses No. 16. , No. 16A, and No. 116 from Széll Kálmán tér in Buda (M2 metro or tram 6 stop)
- by funicular form Clark Adam tér (Buda end of the Chain Bridge).
- one-day ticket (bought on the spot): 3 400 HUF/person – upon validating your ticket at the entrance you’ll be given a crystal tasting glass and a small glass holding bag, ticket holders can visit the permanent exhibits of the Budapest History Museum (housed in the Royal Palace, building “E”).
- 4-day pass (bought on the spot): 6 200 HUF/person,
- entry is free for children under 14 – they will receive a special wristban at the cashier
Depending on the wine maker and the quality of the wine, price of 1 dl wine starts from around 500 – 600 HUF.
For a pricier glass you will pay around 2 000 – 3 000/dl.
Payment at the Festival
The festival is cash-free meaning that the Festipay electronic paycard is used.
You can get it for 500 HUF deposit and load money on it – with cash or credit card (in this case 200 HUF will be deducted as handling fee), – at several booths,
Minimum amount you can put on the card is 2 000 HUF, max. 290 000 HUF) for paying for wines, food and other services.
Free internet access is provided at the whole area of the Wine Festival.
Wine Exhibition and Fair in the Buda Castle
Venue: Buda Castle – Palace terraces,
More than 200 wine distributors exhibit their products from Hungarian wine regions and foreign countries as well.
A novelty this year that thematic routes help visitors find their way around the dazzlingly wide selection of local wineries and wines.
Taste of Hungary Stands, Gourmet Street Food
At the Taste of Hungary stands you can sample the cream-of-the-crop of Hungarian wines, mostly those that are awardees of the prestigious Vinagora International Wine Competition.
So you can stroll along:
- the Villányi Korzó (Maczkó, Malatinszky, Tiffán Wineries to name a few),
- the Egri Csillag Promenade (Gál Tibor Winery, Thummerer Cellar, St. Andrea Wine Estate etc.),
- among the cellars of Szekszárd (Dúzsi Winery, Eszterbauer Winery, Heimann Estate, Mészáros Winehouse & Cellar etc.) ) or
- in the courts of Tokaj Wines (Szent Tamás Vineyard c Winery, Tokaj Kereskedőház, Patricius Winery etc.).
Grab some tasty street food between two glasses of wine on the gastro promenade (see attached map of the food court):
- try Kolbice: quality grilled sasuges in a cone shaped bread with all sorts of toppings and sauces,
- grilled meat variations by Montenegroi Gurman
- the smoked baby chicken by NU Bistro sounds really enticing
- gluten- and egg-free by Hal & Chips (fish & chips)
- freshly baked bagels by Bakker
- But you can also get burgers (Budapest Burger), strudels – made and baked on the spot by Rétesház, the inevitable kürtöskalács (Sekler cake), bread pizza (kenyérlángos) by Szittya Pita, and a wide assortment of artisan cheeses.
Taste local culinary delicacies in the Országkonyha section of the festival in the Oroszlános udvar (Lion Court):
- roast and grilled meats,
- stuffed cabbage will be made in open-air kitchens.
For barbecue delights look for the Czinege Füstölgő Sarok BBQ made in ig Green Egg.
La Lasagneria will make delicious lasagne and other Italian pasta dishes.
At the World of Truffle stand you can have your fill of gourmet dishes based on the fragrant mushroom.
The Gerbeaud Confectionery provides for the desserts usually offering a novelty besides their assortment of cakes, pastries and ice cream.
Bolka will also offer delicacies for those with sweet tooth.
Those who wish to have lighter snacks can choose from
- töki pompos (a flat bread-like pastry baked in oven), and
- a selection of cheeses.
Don’t hesitate to bring your children too, there are programs for them as well.
The Creative Corner in the Oroszlános Court welcomes the little ones from 12.00 till 18.00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Thye can try their hands at traditional felt making, creating handprints, cork figurines, and keyrings.
Children under 12 years of age receive a special wristband at the cashier on which you can write the child’s anme and your phone number.
06. September, Thursday
18.00 Opening of the Festival
18:30 Kéknyúl Concert – urban dance muisc originating from soul and funk of the 1970s
21:00 Kiscsillag – Hungarian alternative rock band
07. September, Friday
17:00 Tárkány Művek – traditional folk songs
21.00 Marko Markovic Brass Band
08. September, Saturday
15:30 Rafael Mario Trio
17:00 Gereben Zita Quintet
18.30 Bágyi Balázs New Quartet
20.00 Studio 11 – jazz
21.30 Koós-Hutás Áron E.T. Project
10. September, Sunday
14:30 Folk Music & Dance Gala
17:00 Dresch String Quartet
14:30 Mihály Borbély: Polygon
18:15 Dezső Fitos Company
19.30 Parno Graszt
Three other stages welcome visitors with concerts and dance:
- at Halászófiú Terrace (in front of the National Gallery, overlooking the Danube)
- Savoyai Terrace (south of Halászófiú Terasz) and
- Oroszlános Udvar (Lion’s Court)
Date: September 03., 16.00-19.00, Lectures and tastings in Hungarian
Venue: MOM Cultutal Centre, Cupola room (Csörsz u. 18., district XII.)
Tickets: 4 500 HUF/person/day
- All about wines of the Lake Balaton region
The Wine University welcomes everyone who want learn more about wine, wine making as well as tasting. The lectures are presented in Hungarian.
The place is a real tribute to Hungarian wines where you can sample the best bottles from the country’s 22 wine regions.
Reserve a tasting program with guiding!
Some wineries offer the special opportunity to taste 2 wines that are similar in most ascpects but differ in one characteristic.
This allows a more in-depth tasting and relaxed conversations with the wine makers.
For example this year you can taste the following wine pairs on the festival (the list is only a selection, you can taste many more wine couples).
- two Tokaj wines from the Holdvölgy Estate, Mád.
- 2 wines by the Dula Winery in Eger
- two wines by the Thummerer Winery, Noszvaj (Eger)
- 2 wines by several wineries from the Villány region: Malatinszky Organic Wine Estate, Gere Attila Winery, Csányi Winery and a couple of others
- 2 wines from the Szekszárd Region by the Schieber Winery.
Harvest Parade, 09. September, 12.20 – 14.30
- 12.20 – Departure from Szentháromság tér to the music of the Agostone Band
- 12.40 – 13.00 Folk dance performance
- 13.00 – 13.50 – Procession to the main stage of the Festival in the Royal palace with folk music, songs and dance. Route: Szentháromság tér – Tóth Árpád sétány – Dísz tér – Szent György utca Budavári palota/Royal Palace
- 14.00 – 14.30 – Introduction of the wine orders.
Folk Dance & Folk Music Gala, 09. September, Sunday
Performances on the main stage and 3 other stages.
Spectacular music and dance show by the Fonó Budai Zeneház and other ensembles and folk music bands.
Charity and Trade Wine Auction
Venue: Budavári Szalon (Buda Castle Országház utca 28., district I.)
You can bid for special rare bottles of wines by highly acknowledged wine makers. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service to help finance their ambulance service.
Come to the Hungarian capital in early September, and enjoy not only the warm and sunny end-of-summer weather but the programs of the Budapest Wine Festival! And taste great Hungarian wines!
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